Oracle's next big thing is "fusion" technology, developed as the direct result of Oracle's purchase of Siebel and Peoplesoft, and Oracle's need to integrate these ERP offerings. Oracle fusion is an architecture that allows all Oracle applicatuion tools to communicate through a common interface, similar to the SOA and CORBA standards.
Inside Oracle Fusion
The central question is whether Oracle fusion technology will see widespread usage. Oracle has incorporated fusion technology into the stack for Oracle 10g Application Server, and they hope that their fusion approach will be widely used.
Only a small percentage of Oracle customers use Oracle Application Server, and a smaller number have Oracle REP products such as Oracle Applications, Siebel and Peoplesoft.
Because several "myths" have spawned from the acquisitions of PaopleSoft and J.D. Edwards, President Charles Phillips sought to dismiss some of these myths:
Phillips sought to debunk what he called "myths" about Fusion, which he noted is no longer called "Project Fusion" because so much work has been done, and the word project sounds "exploratory." For example, Oracle is not actually merging code of all of the disparate applications; rather, it's taking the best features and ideas and rewriting the code, based heavily on Oracle's eBusiness Suite.
Other notions he aimed to dispel: A Fusion upgrade would be costly and painful for customers, and a project of this scale had never been done before. "It has. We're just releasing a new product," he said, adding that Oracle releases new products all the time. "If we hadn't made [a single] acquisition, we would still need a next-generation" product, he added. His overall soothing message: Fusion isn't as scary as it sounds, and customers won't be forced to do anything.
Oracle also claims that it is easing customers into its new product, Fusion by implementing certain features. Oracle also says that Fusion Middleware already works with old applications taken from the acquired companies.
Oracle Fusion is a middleware stack, and Oracle states that Oracle Fusion has these features:
"First, [Oracle Fusion is] a common technology middleware platform across all of these different applications. Second, they can use this middleware suite [Oracle Fusion] to integrate these different applications with each other. And third, they can use this middleware suite to extend the capabilities of these applications to the enterprise."